Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Beyond Vietnam”

Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
Dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” (1967) speech by Michael Ealy.

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

Civil rights and anti-war activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam” (April 4, 1967)

King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech was delivered at the Riverside Church in New York exactly one year before his assassination. Civil rights leaders urged King not to speak out on the Vietnam War, but he said he could not separate issues of economic injustice, racism, war, and militarism.

Film Clip Description

Dr. King’s speech is read by Michael Ealy, February 1, 2007, at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.


More video clips can be found at the Voices of a People’s History website and in the film The People Speak.

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